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23 June 2017

My Skincare Routine (Dry/Sensitive Skin)

June 23, 2017 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Skin care is very important for us makeup lovers. It keeps our faces clean and healthy, can prevent breakouts and blemishes, and can improve the appearance of your skin with and without makeup. I have dry and sensitive skin, which means that I have patches of very visibly dry skin, and many products sting or feel uncomfortable. Because of this, natural ingredients that are designed to moisturise are my area of expertise. It can be a struggle sometimes to find the right products for you, so if you're looking for a few recommendations, look no further!

To remove my makeup, I use The Body Shop Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. This is a solid cleanser, so you just swirl a cotton pad around the pot and use it to remove your makeup. Chamomile is calming, which is good for sensitive skin, as it won't irritate it. Because it's a butter as well, I find it to be fairly moisturising.

Following makeup remover, I like to use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic toning water. Using some on a cotton pad, this removes not only any remaining makeup, but also the makeup remover, because that doesn't need to just sit on my face. I find that this toner has a pleasant scent, and does a good job of getting rid of whatever is left on my face.

Three or four times a week, I like to use the Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion before bed. This helps to cool and soothe the eyes, which for me can feel puffy and tired by the end of the day. I pour a generous amount to two cotton pads, put one over each eye, and leave it for five or six minutes. I find this very relaxing, and it's great for just refreshing your eyes.

Before bed and before I put my makeup on in the morning, I use the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive Skin. I find this is brilliant for sorting out dry patches and helping my makeup sit better throughout the day (sometimes my dry patches make my foundation look awful after a while). I just apply a small amount with my fingers all over my face.

I mix a few drops of The Body Shop Drops of Light Brightening Serum in with my foundation to help it to sit better without drying out my skin further. This is intensely moisturising, which I need, but it has natural ingredients which help to keep sensitive skin happy. I literally just drop a bit on my face and massage it in before applying my foundation.

Every few days, I use The Body Shop Drops of Light Skin Resurfacing Liquid Peel to exfoliate my skin without having to use a fierce scrub which can affect my sensitivity. It works wonders. I just shake it up, squirt a few drops onto my fingertips and massage it all over my face, focusing on my dry patches which can get flaky from time to time. Within seconds, it starts to bring up dead skin and nasties lurking in the pores. It doesn't hurt and thoroughly cleanses and exfoliates. Afterwards, just close your pores with a bit of cold water and you're good to go!

A couple of days after I do a skin peel, I use The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face Mask to draw out the muck that can clog up pores. A lot of the charcoal masks that you see all over the internet are not only painful but also contain 80% PVA glue. You're paying for the privilege of putting glue on your face. The Body Shop use natural ingredients in their mask. In my opinion, it minimises my pores and removes blackheads and the dirt in my pores, while gently exfoliating to leave my skin soft and smooth. It stings a little bit just after I put it on, but it's not unbearable.

I realise that may sound like a lot of products for some people, or not many at all to others, but everyone is different and has different preferences and needs. Regardless, I hope you've found this post helpful for recommendations and advice if you needed it!

11 June 2017

The Biggest Shoe Wishlist You've Ever Seen

June 11, 2017 0 Comments


Some of you may know that I love Irregular Choice's shoes. Some of you may also know that I am a fan of window-shopping. Well, I went onto the Irregular Choice site for a cheeky window internet shop and thought I could compile a hefty wishlist for you to peruse! I love Irregular Choice for their quirky designs and bold colours. I wear a lot of vintage-inspired clothing, and a lot of their shoes evoke that vintage feeling, so they're perfect for little ol' me. Here's a look at (possibly) the biggest shoe wishlist you've ever seen, showing off all of the shoes I want from Irregular Choice. I'd recommend you grab a brew and a biscuit - this is going to be a long 'un.

I love the colour mustard and think it suits my skintone well. The lilac hints go well with it. The floral print around the top of the shoe adds to the elegance of the design, as does the little bow, while the colour choice and metallic dots make it modern.

Everyone needs flats, and everyone needs sparkles. Why not have both with this modern design? I love the contrast between the areas with pattern and the areas without. Another feature I love is the large, tulle ribbon fastening. Make your laces truly a part of your ~lewk~ with these!
I love love love the design of this shoe, with an elegant t-bar and delicate tilt at the tow. The bow is precise and pretty, and the heel is the perfect height to add a bit of class without being uncomfortable. I love the floral print, and while pale colours aren't always the most practical choice for shoes, I love the colour scheme of muted pinks and greens.
The scallop detail at the top of this shoe is a lovely little feature that stands out to me as much as the bold heart pattern. A pair of black heels is essential in anyone's wardrobe, and why not make them funky and fabulous like these? You've got black and white hearts, glitter heels and bows, and a beautifully designed shape. (And the name of the shoe is perfect for a musical theatre student like me *wink!*)
Ohmygosh I have been in love with these shoes for aaaaaaages. Does this not just scream summer?! From the gorgeous flower on the toe, stunning floral print, bright yellow and hints of navy and burgundy (my favourite colour, if you were wondering), this is a shoe I need in my life.
These remind me of a muted version of the previous shoes I shared, Summer Sands. I love the botanical print, and the combination of colours from coral to blue, yellow to lilac. I think the colour scheme is lovely and the design feels vintage and elegant.
These shoes don't shy away from their colours. If you ask for royal blue and mustard, you're getting royal blue and mustard. I think the contrast between the prints and the colours is really bold, and the ribbon laces are a nice touch.
How gorgeous are these? Black, white, and red are a classic combination, and you can see why with these shoes, The floral print is lovely and youthful, as is the ribbon-style lace, but the design itself echoes vintage styles.
I love brogue-style shoes, and these are no exception. While I could do without the hearts on the laces, I love the combination of metallic gold, abstract print, and black. I think that these have just the right amount of fun while still not attracting too many stares in everyday life.
The most simple pair of shoes on my wishlist, I think the navy colour is very wearable; I already own a lot of navy clothes. The polka dot pattern and scallop design make it just quirky enough to attract attention without being overbearingly loud.
As I said before, I love brogues. A good pair of black brogues can sometimes look like school/work shoes, but the pop of floral print and polka dot pattern stops that being the case with these. I think these shoes are very wearable; they're flats, so not uncomfortable, not too loud, but they're still quirky and well designed to give you the fun factor.
A nice pair of sandals can never go amiss in the run up to the summer months. This pair of red shoes would look lovely with a navy summer dress or swimming costume. I love the flower on the front, as well as the floral print inside. And red is always a bold and exciting choice.
I have loved the floral Doc Martins for a long time, so I was pleasantly surprised to see these on the Irregular Choice website. I think the print is beautiful, it looks very vintage. I also love the ribbon lace detail. These are the kind of boots that look cool with dresses and skirts as well as with jeans, so I like to think I'd get a lot of wear out of them.
Again, these boots would look lovely with both dresses and jeans. I love the old-worldy feel they have with the large rivets for the laces and the embroidery. They feel very steampunk, and remind me of the shows War of the Worlds and Wicked for their quirky, steampunk-inspired design. Also, because their main colour is black, they'd look good with the majority of things in your wardrobe.
So there you have it, a huge wishlist I have of Irregular Choice shoes. Exhausted? I certainly am. I hope you've enjoyed this post. If you have, let me know with a comment below! Which were your favourites?

8 June 2017

How Cruel is my Makeup Bag?

June 08, 2017 0 Comments


When we talk about animal cruelty, we tend to think of neglected cats left to starve, or dogs forced to fight getting horrific injuries. However, animal cruelty isn't something that's just brought about by a handful of awful people - there are labs dedicated to using defenceless animals to test beauty products. These animals are forced to ingest some ingredients, have it injected into them, plopped into their eyes, or put on their skin, leading to illnesses, rashes, blindness and an altogether miserable life. Recently I've been thinking a bit more about the ethics in my life, particularly towards animals. I'm an animal lover (especially towards furry ones that appreciate a cuddle!), and because of this I felt it was hypocritical of me to disregard animal cruelty in the beauty industry.

I've seen a few bloggers and YouTubers finding out how cruel their makeup bags are, by looking at the various products they have in there and whether or not the products or their ingredients were tested on animals. I wanted to do this myself, so I know which products to find an alternative for when they run out, and writing about it here will help get this message out to my readers. It really isn't that hard to research, and I'd encourage all of you to consider going cruelty free - it's possible, doesn't have to be expensive, and means you can use your makeup knowing that you've avoided this unnecessary harm and distress towards animals.

No7 Primer
This primer does a really good job of making sure my face is prepped for a smooth application of foundation that will last all day. A little goes a long way as well, so I'm a big fan of it! Knowing that it's cruelty free is good, since I really don't know where I'd go for a new primer that does just as good a job.

Elizabeth Arden Foundation
Yes, Elizabeth Arden test on animals. I won't be repurchasing my foundation, even though it's nice to use. I'm currently looking for a cruelty free alternative.

Seventeen Concealer
This is the only concealer I've ever found that's actually pale enough for my skin, so thank goodness it's cruelty free! I find it easy to blend and it doesn't smear or crease as well which I really appreciate.

Natural Collection Powder
I used to use Rimmel Stay Matte powder because everyone raves about it, but I found out that Rimmel aren't cruelty free and it was the first product I didn't repurchase purely because it's cruel. This powder does just as good a job without hurting anyone, so safe to say here's one I will repurchase!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I don't use bronzer or contour a lot, but when I do I use Benefit. Unfortunately, it's cruel, but that's not much of a blow since a rarely use it. It's a shame, since Benefit do some beautiful packaging and good products, but their practices are ugly and I'm not giving them my money.

No7 Blusher
I got this blusher free with a voucher so I wouldn't have minded horribly if I couldn't replace it, but it's a nice shade on me and a good product that I use often.

Makeup Revolution Highlighter
Makeup Revolution are brilliant. Their eyeshadows are beautifully pigmented and blend really nicely, and their other products are no exception to this quality that I expect. On top of this, they're really inexpensive so I recommend the brand regularly knowing that people will get quality products without breaking the bank!

Freedom Brow Duo Powder
Freedom are part of Makeup Revolution so they're cruelty free as well. This brow product cost me £1. It's pigmented, and lasts all day, and my pan is still practically full after about two years because you don't need much.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay themselves are cruelty free, however they're owned by L'Oriele, who aren't. Because of this, your money does go towards a bad company, however the vast majority of it goes to Urban Decay who create high quality products without testing on animals. Obviously if you don't think this counts, don't include it as cruelty free.

Morphe Eyeshadow
My favourite eyeshadow palette at the moment is Morphe's 30f Fall Into Frost, so I'm relieved to know they don't test on animals. This palette is pigmented, blendable, and long lasting.

Barry M Eyeliner
Thank goodness this eyeliner is one I can repurchase. It's brilliantly pigmented, easy to use, doesn't smudge, smear, or transfer through the day, and is just a really good product in my opinion.

No7 Mascara
I like this mascara a lot. It makes my lashes appear fuller and longer, and it's the mascara I reach for every day.

L'Oreal Lipstick
I'm sad that this is cruel, since it's pigmented and nice to wear, and they have a lot of nice shades. However, I care about animals more than a product with many many dupes, so I'm not repurchasing any of their products.

Revlon Lip Butter
Shame. I like this lip butter. It's moisturising but still offers a nice colour and they have a huge range of shades. However, that's not worth the suffering of animals.

No7 Lipstick
At least one of my lip products is cruelty free. This lisptick is gorgeously pigmented, not drying, and it lasts a long time without smudging.

Cruel: 4 | Cruelty free: 10

At least I have over twice as many cruelty free products as cruel ones. A quick google search can help you find out whether a brand is cruelty free or not, but if you want to use an app I'd recommend Bunny Free. I'd be interested to see people like Zoella and Tanya Burr doing posts/videos like this one. They have very large audiences and it would be great if they would promote more ethical beauty practices to the masses! However, at least my (albeit smaller) group of readers will hopefully be a bit more aware of this issue and shop smarter in the future!

Do you shop cruelty free, or will you after reading this post? Let me know in the comments how cruel your makeup bag is! If you've done a similar post, I'd love to read it!

2 June 2017

Bloggers to Follow in June

June 02, 2017 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today I'd like to share with you some blogs that I think you will enjoy this month. If you want to add to the list of blogs you follow, or find some new ones to love, then you're in the right place! Of course a lot of these are beauty blogs like mine, but there are a few others scattered in there in case you want to extend your blog reading further!

Amy's blog description is 'Mental Health, Books, Beauty, and Bad-Assery', and she certainly lives up to that. She uses her blog to document her mental health through her beautifully honest poems (my favourite is 'Nothing Confuses Me' - it really struck a chord) and other posts; she's written some informative book reviews; she shares product reviews and recommendations (even the history of products, in some cases), and outfits with a distinctive dainty yet edgy style that I love. Her recent post for helping dry and damaged hair is something I've bookmarked on my laptop - I need everything she recommended, since my hair has also been bleached a fair few times now and I can definitely feel it. Finally, she's just generally a badass. Every day she looks for the positive, even if her mental health isn't feeling the same. Her photography is pretty bad-ass too. Follow her on Instagram to see lots of it!

Talonted Lex
Lex started her blog to talk about nail care and nail art, and her nail art posts still reflect that passion. She is constantly coming up with lovely new nail art ideas, from polka dots and gradients, to bees and camouflage. Each is unique, and I find her tutorials easy to follow and replicate. As well as nail art, she also shares a lot of posts about her skin condition, rosacea. She explains what it is, as well as sharing reviews of products to help other people with rosacea. She talks about skincare to help soothe it, and foundations to help cover it (if that's what you want to do). She shares her 'Friday Faves', talking about everything she's loved recently from entertainment to beauty. If you want a blogger full of honesty and creativity, you've found it here.

Voice of Vera
Vera's blog is very new (her first post was in April!) but already she is proving herself to be a talented blogger. She has shared a recipe for a delicious looking Chocolate Acai Smoothie Bowl, which I would love to try. Not only is it tasty, it's also extremely good for you. She has also shared some OOTDs, which I love. They are classy and elegant, but still fun, which a style I try to emulate myself. See how Vera styles a bold blue floral dress and a beautiful rose duster. Side note: that rose duster reminds me of the cloaks you see in dramatic fantasy drama; I'd like to see it worn while riding a horse through the forest. She has also shared a detailed review of a face mask I now really want to try, since it sounds fantastic! Finally, she posts some things that are a bit more personal, the true 'voice of Vera'. Her post about missing her mom was incredibly touching.

So there are three blogs that I think you might enjoy! Let me know your recommendations for bloggers to follow in June in the comments!